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July 07, 2005
The World Today
Posted by Frank J. at 10:02 AM | View blog reactions | Comments (45)

I was going to write a bit earlier, but I finally got a call from my brother, Sgt. Joe foo' the Marine, in Iraq (hadn't heard from him in a while). More on that later in another post.

In light of the attacks in London (good round up of links and links to links from Glenn Reynolds with plenty more from Michelle Malkin) I'm not going to do a humor post today ("But if we don't hear about Chomps attacking people in his confirmation hearing, the terrorists have already won!" some cry). Instead, I'd really like to get a discussion going in the comments section as much of this I'm still processing and trying to put together.

First off, my condolences to my UK readers. What I was stunned by is how well the British are handling this; the scenes I saw on TV made it look like this was almost routine (I know London has dealt with terrorism before, but not of this magnitude). There wasn't mass panic, and that show of strength means so much in times like this. The purpose of terrorism is terror, and, in some ways, it seems the terrorists have already been thwarted.

I also would like to reiterate what Tony Blair said about an attack on any of our allies is an attack on us all. Not that I wish us bad, but I really hate it how it's not big bad America getting attacked, but instead it's our allies. But the proper mindset is that we got attacked today, and that “we” includes anyone reading this, whatever country you live in. I don't even care if somehow this ends up not to be Al Qaeda; all the civilized world needs to stand up against all such attacks - wherever they occur.

When Blair spoke from G8, there was Bush at his right and Chirac at his left. I know there's a lot of disrespect for Chirac and much of the French in general, but France still remains a prime target for terrorists. Despite the jokes on this site, I hope our mindset is that if those Al Qaeda bastards harm but one @#$% hair of a Frenchman in Paris, we'll treat it like the Capitol itself was bombed. All of us are in this together.

And I believe that to be the key; attacks like this should not scare us, they should only piss us off.

Except its hard not to be a little scared. This is our world now. We (and when I say 'we,' I mean all nations) can be attacked at home at any time. We don't know who is next, but we know there will be a next. One day that next will be the U.S. again. The Sword of Damocles has been hanging over America since 9/11, and the thread will break eventually. So what do we do? My brother is currently helping settle Iraq; others are in Afghanistan. For the rest of us, all I know is to keep resolved and keep going strong no matter what. The road to defeating terrorists is a long one - maybe there is no end - and the best I think we can do is continue to increase our determination in the face of these attacks and whatever else comes.

They can hurt us, but they're losing. Let's keep them losing.

Any more thoughts? I really just want to discuss this with you all right now. Events like this always make you want to do something.

God bless and care for you, London; this attack is being answered as we speak.

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